Yazawin Kyaw

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Yazawin Kyaw
Author Shin Maha Thilawuntha
Original title ရာဇဝင် ကျော်
Country Ava Kingdom
Language Burmese
Series Burmese chronicles
Genre Chronicle, History
Publication date
1502 (Part I)
1520 (Part II)

Maha Thanmada Wuntha (Burmese: မဟာသမ္မတဝံသ, IPA: [məhà θàɴməda̰ wʊ̀ɴθa̰]; Pali: Mahā Sammata Vaṃsa) or more commonly known as Yazawin Kyaw (Burmese: ရာဇဝင် ကျော်, [jàzəwɪ̀ɴ tɕɔ̀]; the Celebrated Chronicle) is an early 16th-century chronicle of Buddhist religious history and Burmese history.

The chronicle was written in two parts by Shin Maha Thilawuntha, the famous learned monk, author and poet. The first part, written in 1502, is mainly a religious history document, and essentially a Burmese version of the Mahavamsa and Dipavamsa. The first part focuses on the kings of ancient India and Ceylon, according to Buddhist mythology and history.[1][2] In 1520, the author added a supplement about the Burmese kings down to 1496. In all, only one-seventh of the treatise concerns the affairs of Burmese kings as it was not intended to be an authoritative chronicle. The author stated there was already an existing chronicle of the Ava court.[3]


  1. ^ Aung-Thwin 2005: 124
  2. ^ Yazawin Kyaw 2010: 183
  3. ^ Hla Pe 1985: 36–37


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  • Charney, Michael W. (2006). Powerful Learning: Buddhist Literati and the Throne in Burma's Last Dynasty, 1752–1885. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan. 
  • Hla Pe, U (1985). Burma: Literature, Historiography, Scholarship, Language, Life, and Buddhism. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. ISBN 9789971988005. 
  • Maha Thilawuntha, Shin (1928). Pe Maung Tin, ed. Yazawin Kyaw (in Burmese) (4th printing, 2010 ed.). Yangon: Burma Research Society (original publisher), Ya-Pyei (4th printing).